Can Apple TV stream movies from iTunes in 5.1?

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by detoxguy, Oct 13, 2010.

  1. macrumors member

    Jul 24, 2009
    I have finally gotten my hands on the Apple TV and got it all set up but while I was testing things out I noticed that movies I was streaming from my iTunes library (yes they are in 5.1) that I bought are not playing with 5.1 surround on my home theatre system. I'm pretty sure everything is hooked up properly and was wondering if streaming from my iTunes library was limited to stereo channels only or if I have just missed a step.

  2. macrumors 604

    Cave Man

    I don't think Devices was available in that version.
  3. macrumors 6502

    Sep 17, 2010
    Yes you can stream 5.1 dolby to the apple tv. I have over 100 movies that are streamed from my imac and they all are streamed in dolby 5.1. Make sure you go into the apple tv settings and change dolby from "auto" to "on".
  4. thread starter macrumors member

    Jul 24, 2009
    I meant in 5.1 channel surround. But I got it figured out, my Apple TV setting was on Auto for dolby digital and wasn't reading the 5.1 signal from my iTunes libraby. I switched it to On and seems to work perfect now.

    I'm fairly impressed with this gadget. It doesn't do everything and no matter what Apple puts out people will bash because it is missing this, or missing that but for $119 (canadian) I no longer have to mess around hooking up my mbp to watch movies I rent or buy on iTunes, (was always ****** at returning rented dvds lol) I have Netflix (limited content but cheap like borscht) can listen to my music at will on my sound system....not too shabby.
  5. macrumors 603


    Oct 14, 2007
    San Jose, Ca
    detoxguy means 5.1 Surround Sound, not iTunes 5.1

    The new Apple does 5.1 surround sound (I know mine does), but it depends on your set-up. What's your set-up like?

    Mine: HDMI from my Apple TV to my Flat Panel TV, then a coaxial cable from my TV to my Home Theatre system, and I get 5.1 automatically.
  6. macrumors regular

    Mar 1, 2008
    Can you also attach hdmi from receiver to TV and just attach apple tv hdmi to receiver? and then you don't need to use optical output on apple tv?
  7. thread starter macrumors member

    Jul 24, 2009
    Yes, I finally got it figured out and I run hdmi from apple tv to receiver then hdmi out from receiver to TV. Now that I turned dolby digital from auto to on it works great.

    Actually works better than what I used to use as I never could get iTunes to send 5.1 digital through optical to receiver from my mbp, I saw a bunch of tutorials but seemed never to work so now I've got everything set up perfect and was even able to set up an input for my new turntable. I bought an airport extreme and everything streams smooth like butter.
  8. macrumors member

    Jan 19, 2005
    also make sure it is playing the 5.1 audio channel, if it has more than 1.

    when playing movie hold up arrow, which brings up the movie description, then press and hold either play/pause or select cant remember which, and is displays the audio streams on the movie
  9. macrumors member

    Feb 21, 2006
    Related DD 5.1 question. What streamed sources are available in DD 5.1? Netflix isn't as far as I can tell. Are movies purchased or rented from ITunes in DD 5.1?


  10. macrumors 68020


    Apr 15, 2004
    Washington DC
    I believe the HD movies are in 5.1 on iTunes. Most of us just encode our own though....
  11. macrumors 603


    Oct 14, 2007
    San Jose, Ca
    Most, if not all the movies (and TV shows) available on iTunes are DD 5.1, but like Diode said, most of us have copied our own movies using various programs and if available, I make sure to always encode my movies in 5.1


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